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Wilmington Sexual Assault or Rape Defense Lawyer

If you are charged with rape or sexual assault, or if you have been questioned by police, it is critical to contact Wilmington sexual assault or rape defense lawyer right away. Specifically, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended rape cases.

My name is Michael Modica. I have practiced in criminal law in Delaware since 1982, as a former prosecutor and for more than 25 years as a defense lawyer. I understand the severe punishment hanging over your head and I know how to challenge the state’s cases to prevent a conviction or mitigate the consequences.

Experienced Sex Crime Defense

I have handled many types of sex offenses, including allegations of:

  • Rape (penetration) or attempted rape
  • Sexual assault (other sexual contact)
  • Date rape
  • Incest
  • Statutory rape (under the age of consent)
  • Sexual abuse of a child

The charges and potential punishment for sexual assault or rape depend on many factors, including the age of the victim, mental or physical incapacity, use of a weapon, bodily injury and criminal history. Rape in the first degree carries a sentence of life in prison without parole; rape in the fourth degree is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A conviction for rape requires lifetime sex offender registration.

Responding To Rape Allegations

There may be a great difference between the victim’s account and what actually happened. Maybe nothing happened or someone else committed the assault. Sometimes rape is alleged out of regret or revenge. Sometimes the allegations arise weeks or months after the supposed event. If your case goes to court, it may come down to who is more believable.

I make every effort to resolve sex offenses before they get to a trial. I explore the state’s case for signs that the police violated your rights or conducted interviews improperly. I try to find inconsistencies in the statements of the victim or witnesses. I look for opportunities to dismiss the case or reduce the charges to a lesser felony or a non-sexual offense.

Call My Wilmington Law Office Today

The most important thing is to exercise your right to talk to an attorney before cooperating with the investigation. I will represent you in all court appearances and criminal proceedings, including appeals in the event of a conviction.

I serve Newark, New Castle County and all counties of Delaware. Call 302-600-1262 or contact me online if you need a Wilmington sexual assault or rape defense lawyer.

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